More Dead Infants Prompt Re-Recall Of Simplicity Bassinet

More Dead Infants Prompt Re-Recall Of Simplicity Bassinet

The CPSC has issued a second recall of convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets made by Simplicity after learning of two additional infant deaths since the bassinets were recalled last August. Here is a Consumer Reports video explaining the dangers of the recalled bassinets.

Obama Picks CPSC Head So They Can Finally Do Their Job

Obama Picks CPSC Head So They Can Finally Do Their Job

Obama nominated Inez Moore Tenenbaum as Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) head and Robert Adler as commissioner. He is also also Congress for $107 million more in funding and plans on beefing up the total number of commissioners to five. [Reuters] (Photo: ashi)

These Martha Stewart/Kmart Lounge Chairs Keep Cutting Off Fingertips

These Martha Stewart/Kmart Lounge Chairs Keep Cutting Off Fingertips

Holy $#!@, this lounge chair will eat your fingers! Fox5 New York has a video report on dangerously unsafe lounge chairs sold at Kmart under the Martha Stewart brand. Naturally (we’re not making this up), the chairs are designed to complement the Martha Stewart Spontaneously Shattering Glass Patio Tables also sold at Kmart.

Consumer Groups To Obama: Please Put Someone With A Brain In Charge Of The CPSC

Consumer Groups To Obama: Please Put Someone With A Brain In Charge Of The CPSC

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the upcoming implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The law requires that all children’s products be tested for lead and has caused a major freak out amongst librarians (who don’t really want to test their books for lead, or ban children from the library) and thrift stores (who can’t afford to test used toys for lead). Apparently, according to consumer groups that support the bill, the CPSC is supposed to be monitoring this situation and adding exceptions as needed, but has been ignoring the issue. Now those groups are asking President Obama for a change of leadership within the CPSC. Read their letter inside.

Hooray! CPSC Agrees To Exempt Some Natural Items From Product Safety Act

Hooray! CPSC Agrees To Exempt Some Natural Items From Product Safety Act

Step back from the ledge, makers of lovingly hand-carved wooden dolls: the Consumer Product Safety Commission has lurched into action and tentatively agreed to exempt some materials and items from the lead-testing requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Got Kids? Glass Coffee Tables Can Be Crazy Dangerous

Got Kids? Glass Coffee Tables Can Be Crazy Dangerous

An 11-year-old girl from Providence, R.I. recently died after falling into or jumping on a glass table. She suffered a severe puncture wound and died of uncontrollable bleeding.

Tales Of Consumer Reports Employees Injuring Themselves With Products

Tales Of Consumer Reports Employees Injuring Themselves With Products

Nobody is perfect, it seems, not even the folks at safety-conscious Consumer Reports. They’ve put together a group of stories from employees who managed to injure themselves with various products.

Video: Fireworks Are Fun Until They Blow Up In Your Pants

Video: Fireworks Are Fun Until They Blow Up In Your Pants

Enjoy yourselves out there this 4th, folks, but do remember to be careful with those fireworks, as seen in this edited version of the CPSC fireworks safety video set to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It’s funny when mannequins blow up. Your hands, jeans, or the desk in front of your face, not so much.

Senate Votes For Safer Products, Approves Consumer Product Safety Commission Overhaul

Senate Votes For Safer Products, Approves Consumer Product Safety Commission Overhaul

The Senate finally voted last week to send the ailing Consumer Product Safety Commission desperately needed funds, staff, and powers. The overdue reform bill passed with bipartisan support on a 79-13 vote.

CPSC Wants To Make Retailers Test Products They Sell

CPSC Wants To Make Retailers Test Products They Sell

If pending legislation passes, the CPSC may make retailers test their wares, and make retailers legally responsible for the products they sell. CPSC chair Nancy Nord said yesterday at a press conference, “the ultimate responsibility at the end of the day to make sure that their products are safe and if they do not, we will take enforcement activity at the product sellers.”

Common Waterproofing Sprays May Cause Lung Problems, But CPSC Won't Warn You About It

Common Waterproofing Sprays May Cause Lung Problems, But CPSC Won't Warn You About It

Several cheap waterproofing sprays—like Kenyon Water Repellent, Jobsite Heavy Duty Bootmate, Rocky Boot Weather and Stain Protector, and Stand ‘n Seal grout sealer—can cause “shortness of breath, persistent cough and in some cases long-term lung injuries,” writes the New York Times. Unfortunately, you won’t see warnings on any of these products, because the CPSC keeps ignoring state requests to do something about it.

White House Is Proposing Its Own Version Of Product Safety Plan

White House Is Proposing Its Own Version Of Product Safety Plan

Today the White House will announce its own plan for how to tighten the country’s slack product safety practices. The proposal is being offered as an alternative to the one Congress has come up with, which the White House—along with industry trade groups and Consumer Product Safety Commission head Nancy A. Nord—think is too mean to manufacturers.

The White House version suggests stationing inspectors in other countries to inspect goods before they are shipped to U.S. shores, because “with $2 trillion in imports annually, inspections at the ports had become ineffective.” We’re not sure how the math works on that one—unless sharks or pirates consume large amounts of imports during transit, the same number of goods leave foreign ports and arrive at ours, and having inspectors all in one place where they can work together, instead of spread out in each foreign country, seems a more efficient use of resources. But we’re probably just stupid from too much lead.

China Arrests 774 People Over Safety Issues

China Arrests 774 People Over Safety Issues

China has arrested nearly 800 people over the past two months in a “nationwide crackdown on the production and sale of tainted food, drugs and agricultural products,” writes the New York Times. The country announced the number officially today on their website, but did not provide details on the violations involved. The announcement is part of a larger campaign to not only rehabilitate China’s image around the world, but to address concerns that its domestic products are even less likely to be safe.

FDA Says No Cough Syrup For Toddlers Without Doctor Approval

FDA Says No Cough Syrup For Toddlers Without Doctor Approval

“Questions have been raised about the safety of these products and whether the benefits justify any potential risks from the use of these products in children, especially in children under 2 years of age,” the agency said.

Chinese "Brilliance" Car Doesn't Look Very Smart In Crash Tests

In German crash test, China’s Brilliance BS6 sedan fails miserably [AutoBlog]

77 Expiration Dates For Household Goods, Food And Beauty Products

77 Expiration Dates For Household Goods, Food And Beauty Products

    Dried pasta: 12 months